012: How To Co-Design New Futures | Atul Gawande | ‘Being Mortal: Medicine And What Matters In The End’

By Maya Mathias | Academics

New leadership & innovation approaches, courtesy of the clinician.

I decided to do back-to-back episodes featuring the book ‘Being Mortal’ (check out my last episode here) because Atul Gawande writes about a TON of themes and ideas worth exploring.

As much as we may enjoy moaning about the medical & healthcare industry (even or especially when we work in it!), there have been some bright sparks amidst what can feel like doom and gloom.

Atul took great pains to uncover these hopeful sparks of vision, leadership and innovation, and I share some of these stories in this episode.

More importantly, I connect the dots between the stories he shares and the practical action steps we can bring into our own leadership choices at work.

I cover these 4 main areas:

  1. Find the right problem
  2. Know the customer
  3. Co-design the solution
  4. Reduce overwhelm

Be sure to do the takeaway exercise at the end of the show – it will help you look at a longstanding leadership/management challenge with a fresh pair of eyes.


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Maya Mathias helps her clients lead with the strategic mind of a scientist, the resilient heart of a warrior and the inventive soul of an artist. Read more about Maya here.